Celebrating Armed Forces Day
Arriva is honouring Armed Forces Day again this year, by offering a day of free travel to all Military of Defence (MoD) personnel on Saturday 30 June.
This offer extends to all serving military and also veterans. It is just one part of Arriva’s ongoing commitment to supporting the Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Day works to celebrate, support and give thanks to all armed forces servicemen and women, from serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. Communities across the UK will be organising activities and events in their honour, including family fun days in Birkenhead and Liverpool.
MoD personnel, past and present, can take advantage of free travel across Liverpool and the North West, by simply showing Arriva staff their ID, and they will be able to travel for free on any Arriva bus service.
Arriva continues its support for the Armed Forces Covenant, an agreement which was signed last year. This means that Arriva has committed to help ex-servicemen and women to find employment, upon re-joining civilian life. One part of this is guaranteed interviews for suitable vacancies.
Arriva’s depot in Speke employs many bus drivers who are ex-military, and they explain why they would recommend their career path to anyone:
Ronnie, now 54, spent 32 years as a Reservist, travelling the world and completing two tours, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He explains: “The Army is incredible, it offers so many opportunities for young people. Sometimes people struggle when they leave and rejoin ‘civi street’, but there’s no need. You have so many skills and attributes which are needed in the workplace. Ex-squaddies are always on time, very important for a bus driver - I used to get into trouble for being too early!”
“Being a bus driver is the best job in the world, I love the chat, love the people. My background means I take anything in my stride and I’m used to serious responsibility. This is just one of the reasons why ex-servicemen make great employees. We are used to rules, follow orders, don’t get stressed, and always have very clean shoes!”
Chris, ex-Royal Marine Reservist adds: “Lots of ex-army really enjoy working in this sort of role, it’s very tightly regulated because of the safety issues and this suits ex-soldiers who are used to following orders. I love driving my bus, and it’s great that Arriva is supporting the forces in this way.”
Darren, 45, spent four years in the Royal Marines: “Serving in the military gives you incredible perspective which is really useful back in the ‘normal world’. If a difficult situation comes up, I just switch into an auto mode and can deal with anything. It makes you confident and makes the job seem easy. I think us ex-military make really good employees, there’s really nothing that we can’t handle.”
Kevin O’Connor, Arriva UK Bus managing director from Arriva explains: “We remain committed to supporting the Armed Forces, and free travel on Armed Forces Day is just one small way that we can give something back. Alongside this we have an ongoing commitment to employ ex-military personnel, who tend to thrive working for Arriva, as serving in the forces equips people with an impressive range of skills, many of which overlap with our needs. We are proud as a company to be part of the Armed Forces Covenant, and plan to support Armed Forces Day for many years to come.”